Bahraini doctors on trial for helping injured people

This video is called Bahraini Doctor Tortured.

Sadly, on the same day as the bird news from Bahrain, also this from the Irish Times:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Defending medics in Bahrain

Sir, – On June 14th, the Bahraini regime will issue verdicts on Irish-trained surgeons and will possibly return some or all of them to prison. They have already endured months of torture following their detention last March. Their calls for help fell on deaf ears for months.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer in the USA:

Tue, Jun. 12, 2012, 3:00 AM

Facing prison for treating Bahrain’s wounded

By Rula Al Saffar

This week, I expect to hear if I will be going to prison for 15 years. The verdict on my appeal, as well as those of 19 other medics convicted in a sham Bahraini military trial last year, is due on Thursday. The Bahraini regime targeted us for treating protesters who were injured in democracy protests.

I lived and worked in the United States for many years, some spent studying at Widener University in Chester. It’s where I learned to volunteer, and last year, when demonstrations erupted in Bahrain, that’s what I did. Salmaniya Medical Complex, the country’s main public hospital, was overwhelmed by protesters hurt by regime forces, so I went to the emergency room to help treat them.

Several weeks later, on entering a government office, I was blindfolded and handcuffed. Over five months of detention, I was beaten, electrocuted, and sexually harassed. Then I was convicted. All just for doing my job.

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